A pod of dolphins splashes into the Bronx River in New York. The New York City Department of Recreation and Parks said on Monday that a pair of dolphins had been seen swimming in the river that runs through southeast New York. The department tweeted out a video of the whales swimming at Starlight Park.
Indeed, the agency reported that dolphins were observed in the Bronx River this week. “This is fantastic news; it proves that decades of work to make the river a healthy ecosystem have paid off. We think these dolphins were following the fish down to the river.
The department urged people in New York to “welcome these whales to the Boogie Down.”
The agency also urged visitors to “make sure that they are pleased during their visit by allowing them room and not upsetting them,” so keep that in mind if you’re planning on getting up close and personal with any aquatic species.
In an email to CNN, the department said that this sighting marked the return of dolphins to the Bronx River after a year-long absence. The last time dolphins were seen in the East River was in 2017.
The sightings were also confirmed on social media by the Bronx River Alliance, an organization whose mission is to conserve and restore the river.
The charity organization noted, “There look to be more dolphin pods sailing in NY Harbor!” We’ll inform you about why they’re there when additional information becomes available.
Following the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, bottlenose dolphins can be spotted off the coasts of California, Florida, and New England, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
The Marine Mammal Protection Act makes it unlawful to feed or disturb these creatures across the United States. Their numbers have dropped due to threats such as pollution, loss of habitat, and entanglement in fishing gear.